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BTEC National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

Course Description

This BTEC course will provide students with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the childcare, health or care sector and will equip students with the knowledge and skills required for progression onto degree courses such as nursing, social/youth work or teaching.​

Entry Requirements:

5 GCSE grades 4+. English and Maths is preferred but re-sit opportunities will be given for pupils who do not achieve them.​

Course topics

Students will study 13 units which include:

This course involves students organising their own work experience and completing 2 1-week block placements. Work experience is an important part of the course and will give students a real insight into the various professions and the opportunity to practice skills learnt while at college.​

Course Assessment

Students will complete the Extended Diploma over the two years which is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and is recognised by employers and universities. This course consists of 13 units over 2 years, 4 of which will be assessed by external exams. Assessment will be through a variety of methods including written assignments, case studies, along with projects,  performance observation, time-constrained assessments. All students will complete two units for the childcare technical award. All units are assessed internally by staff and then moderated by the exam board (Edexcel).

For more information about this course please contact Kathy Falk on 01977 605060 or email